According to the settlement, Intel didn't admit to any wrongdoing, and neither did AMD.
We should note that even with this settlement, neither AMD nor Intel are admitting to any wrongdoing. Intel is not admitting to engaging in any anti-competitive actions, and AMD is not admitting to breaking their existing x86 license by not producing the bulk of their CPUs in-house. In laymen’s terms, everyone is agreeing to be happy and to stop bludgeoning each other with lawsuits.
The second concession to AMD is that Intel and AMD have come to an agreement on which business practices Intel is and isn’t allowed to engage in, which Intel will have to adhere to. This is a tricky thing, since as we stated before Intel hasn’t admitted to any wrongdoing, so we’re not quite sure what practices are in question. Intel claims that this won’t result in any changes for them, but we will hopefully have a better idea once the agreement is published by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
AMD also got to go fabless, and received $1.25 Billion cash. You guys need to let go of the past and move on with your lives, AMD agreed to those terms of the settlement.
I don't hear them whining about it now, so, let it go.
Fact is, Conroe blindsided AMD, while they were too busy partying and patting themselves on the back on a job well done with the Athlon.